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As  Hillary departs for the Balkans on their anniversary day causing a little tug at my heartstrings,  her agenda there is being painted broadly as a follow-up to Bill’s Presidential mission. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple, and Godspeed Mme. Secretary on your mission.

PREVIEW-Hillary Clinton takes on Balkan puzzle

Source: Reuters

*U.S. sees fragile gains, need for progress in Balkans *Clinton seeks to buttress Bosnia, push EU membership *U.S. wants Serbia, Kosovo talks to stabilize region
By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to the Balkans on Monday, seeking to buttress the fragile peace that was one of her husband’s chief foreign policy achievements as president. Clinton will urge reconciliation for Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, which battled through the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s and dominated the news when former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in office. For Hillary Clinton the Balkan puzzle is a familiar challenge — although it is now she, and not her husband, who speaks for Washington as it attempts to bring the unstable region more closely into Europe’s fold. “She is on a family mission that hasn’t been completed yet,” said Janusz Bugajski, director of the New European Democracies project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank. “They will not be able to say mission accomplished until all the loose ends are accounted for.”
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Philip H. Gordon
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Via Teleconference
Washington, DC
October 8, 2010

OPERATOR: Welcome and thank you for standing by. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. During the question-and-answer session, please press *1 on your touchtone phone. Today’s conference is being recorded. If you have any objections, you may disconnect at this time. And now, I’ll turn today’s meeting over to Mr. Mark Toner. You may now begin, sir.
MR. TONER: Good morning. Thanks, everyone for joining us, and thanks, especially, to Assistant Secretary Gordon for taking time out of his very busy morning just to walk us through the Secretary’s trip to the Balkans as well as Brussels, next week. Just a reminder, this is on the record and you can use the audio for broadcast as well. And just, if you ask questions, please give your name and media affiliation.
And without further ado I’ll hand it over. Phil.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY GORDON: Thanks, Mark. Good morning, everybody, and thanks for coming on the call. I’ll be very brief so we can spend our time on your questions.
As you know, from October 11 to 14th, Secretary Clinton will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Brussels. She’s going to the Balkans to underscore the continued commitment of the United States to supporting all the Balkan states as they build prosperous, peaceful, and democratic societies and move to take their rightful places as full members of the European and Euro-Atlantic community.
Secretary Clinton’s visit follows the important trip that Vice President Biden took in May 2009, as well as several others by Deputy Secretary Steinberg, myself, and others in the Administration over the past year. In the Balkans, the Secretary will meet with a range of government officials, civil society representatives, and she will attend events with citizens of these countries. She will take stock of progress in the region, exchange ideas, and engage with these groups on a range of issues. In Brussels, the Secretary will participate in meetings with EU officials and NATO counterparts to strengthen and cement U.S. partnership with the EU and work with allies on the revitalized NATO.
Let me just walk you through what she’s actually going to do. On Tuesday the 12th, in Sarajevo, the Secretary will meet with the Bosnian tri-presidency as well as High Representative Valentin Inzko. She will also dedicate the new embassy compound in Sarajevo which is scheduled to open shortly. On the 12th, in Belgrade, the Secretary will meet with President Tadic, Foreign Minister Jeremic, and Defense Minister Sutanovac. That evening, she will also meet with members of civil society. On Wednesday, October 13th, in Kosovo, the Secretary will meet privately with acting President Krasniqi, Prime Minister Thaci, and Foreign Minister Hyseni. She will then travel to Gracanica, a Serb-majority municipality near Pristina where she will meet with municipal leaders in the Kosovo-Serb community.
After she gets back to Pristina, she will hold a meeting with women’s leaders, other civil society leaders, and youth from all ethnic groups. In all of these stops – Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Pristina – the Secretary will participate in various media events as well as embassy meet-and-greet.
Continuing on to Brussels, on October 14th, the Secretary will meet with EU Council President Van Rompuy and EU High Representative Baroness Ashton, followed by a meeting with European Parliament President Buzek and other EU Parliamentary leaders. Secretary will then join Secretary Gates for a joint NATO ministerial, bringing together foreign and defense ministers from NATO countries. The ministerial will be an opportunity to review progress on the new strategic concept and in the war in Afghanistan.
She will then depart Brussels on the evening of the 14th for Washington. That’s my summary and I’m happy to take your questions.
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Busy times coming up!  Two big events tomorrow, one Thursday, and travel next week.  The pictures are from her meeting today with Bulgarian FM Nickolay Mladenov and have nothing to do with these future events, but I thought I would share them here anyway.

Secretary Clinton and Georgian Prime Minister Gilauri to Deliver Opening Remarks at the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership Omnibus Meeting on October 6

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri will deliver opening remarks at the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership Omnibus Meeting on Wednesday, October 6 at approximately 9:45 a.m. in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the Department of State. This is the second meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission, established by the signing of a Charter in January 2009. Immediately prior to the Strategic Partnership meeting, Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Gilauri will hold a bilateral meeting, at the Department of State.

Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Gilauri’s remarks at the beginning of the Strategic Partnership meeting will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 6

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 6, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The event will be open to credentialed members of the media and Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be livestreamed on www.state.gov.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Cherie Blair and GSMA on October 7

Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former British First Lady Cherie Blair will deliver remarks on the international support for increasing women’s access to mobile technology on Thursday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

The event will launch the mWomen Initiative, a joint project by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the GSMA Development Fund to promote mobile technologies as tools for women’s empowerment and international development. For more information on the work behind the initiative, click here.

Secretary Clinton and Cherie Blair will be joined by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and GSMA CEO Rob Conway. Other participants include leaders from the mobile communications industry, the private sector, international development community, women’s organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Cherie Blair will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Secretary Clinton to Travel to the Balkans and Brussels

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Clinton will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Brussels from October 11 to 14.

The Secretary will meet with government and civic leaders, and citizens to highlight the continued U.S. commitment to support all the Balkan states in achieving their aspirations for full integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic community. In Brussels, she will participate in the NATO ministerial and hold meetings with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and with High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

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